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HU bowling takes its talent to Kentucky

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ERLANGER, Ky. This past weekend the Forester bowling teams road-tripped to Kentucky to compete in the Norse Collegiate Classic where the women finished 6th out of 19 varsity teams while the men placed 12th out of 18 varsity teams.

The one-day tournament included five regular games and 12 Baker games. The women bowled on an Autobahn lane pattern while the men competed on a Broadway lane pattern. Combine these patterns with wood lanes, it made for a dry, hooking shot all day.

It didn't seem to faze Emily O'Leary as she posted a five-game 198.4 average with a high game of 223 to finish 7th out of 131 bowlers and miss All-Tournament honors by just a few pins. Shelby New also had a solid outing. She registered a 181.4 average to finish 26th overall.

The other three Foresters were all within a six-pin average of each other. Brook Ewing (34th) turned in a 177.4 average, Casandra Griffith (39th) recorded a 174.4 average and Ayla Yeiter (48th) topped out with a 171.8 average.

Pikeville took the title with 7516 total points. Rounding out the top ten included Ursuline (7007), Bowling Green (6968), Adrian (6873), Emmanuel (6768), HU (6785), Martin Methodist (6726), Bellarmine (6704), Morehead State (6665) and Cumberlands (6536).

On the men's side, Tyler Neff led the HU pack with a five-game average of 195.2 to claim 20th overall out of 165 bowlers. Seth Walker enjoyed a 190.0 average good for 32nd. Adam Harris-Shoemaker was the only other Forester to bowl all five games. His 171.6 average earned him 63rd.

Other bowlers for Huntington included Joe Miller (four-game average of 170.0), Derick Beckler (three-game average of 134.7), Conner Brown (two-game average of 204.0) and James Knapp (one game of 150).

Huntington finished with a pin total of 6599.

The top ten team finishes included Morehead State (7759), Pikeville (7696), Martin Methodist (7528), Spring Hill (7200), Cumberland (7102), Ohio State (7049), Illinois State (7009), Youngstown (6973), Emmanuel (6833) and Cincinnati (6820).

The Foresters are back at this coming weekend to compete in the Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic in Indianapolis.